Betting slips 'epitaph' of Higgins under hammer

A COLLECTION of notes written on betting slips by late snooker player Alex "Hurricane" Higgins are expected to fetch £1,000 when they go under the hammer.

The scrawled notes were penned by the former champion the year before his death last July, a spokesman for Hansons Auctioneers said.

They were given to journalist David O'Dornan who spent two days with Higgins in 2008.

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O'Dornan said: "It's a bizarre range of notes which provide a fascinating insight into the mind of the troubled genius that was Alex Higgins


"Most of them are on betting dockets, there is one on the racing page of a newspaper and another is on the back of a bar receipt."

One of the notes reads: "Was always honest and tried my best. Feeling good or feeling bad, tried my best."

Known for his fiery temperament and audacious skill with a cue, the Northern Irishman was credited with revolutionising the popularity of the sport. He died in July last year after battling throat cancer for almost a decade.

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Hansons Auctioneers manager Charles Hanson said the notes were "almost like an epitaph".

The notes, which have been given a guide price of 1,000 to 1,500, are due to be sold by Hansons Auctioneers in Derby tomorrow.

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